Parents and Families
We're glad you're here!
Parents and family members are important partners in supporting student success at Western Washington University. New Student Services/Family Outreach (NSSFO) provides programs and services to help strengthen students and families' connection to Western, including a monthly newsletter, family orientation programs, and an annual family weekend event in the fall. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about our campus community and stay involved in your student's experience at Western!
Upcoming Holidays and Breaks
- Mon, Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day
- Mon, Feb 21: Presidents Day
- Sat, Mar 19 - Mon, Mar 28: Spring Break
- Mon, May 30: Memorial Day
- Sat, Jun 11 - Mon, Jun 20: Summer Break
- Thu, Nov 24 - Sun, Nov 27: Thanksgiving Break (Wed, Nov 23 - University open, no classes)
- Sat, Dec 10 - Tue, Jan 3: Winter Break
Explore ways for parents and families to stay connected to the Western community below:
- WWU Family Connection is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all families of current students. If you aren't receiving your copy and would like to get on the list, update your contact information.
- Community members, family and friends of Western Washington University students may sign up for Western Alert, Western's emergency response notification system.
- Want to stay on top of what's happening at Western Washington University? Sign up to receive daily Western Today emails.
Coffee, Tea and Family
Family Outreach Office Hours are available to parents/families of new and current students.
New Student Services/Family Outreach has virtual office hours available for families each week in Zoom. Sign up for Coffee, Tea and Family, a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with NSSFO's Family Outreach Manager to ask questions, learn about campus support services and resources, and about available tools and opportunities to keep you connected with Western.
Counseling and Wellness Center
Curious about Western’s approach to wellness? Make sure to watch the video featuring Dr. Sislena Ledbetter, associate vice president, WWU Counseling, Health and Wellness, as she describes the full spectrum of care available to students through the Student Health Center and Counseling Center/Prevention and Wellness services.
The following additional family resources are also available to help you support your student with their continued growth and social/emotional development:
Find out more about available health and wellness services and Western’s commitment to helping students with learning the importance of self-care and how to practice good mind/body health on the Counseling, Health, Wellness Services website.